Since I’ve been looking at votes all week, I thought I should at least take a look at the vote on the rule for the health care bill, which passed 224-206 (there’s one vote missing in there and I can’t find it UPDATE: From the comments, the missing vote was Pelosi’s). The rule allows the House to open debate on the bill, and while it isn’t totally determinative of what the final vote will look like, it provides at least a clue. All Republicans voted No, including Joseph Cao (R-LA). 28 Democrats voted No:
Adler, Arcuri, Barrow, Boren, Boucher, Bright, Chandler, Childers, A.Davis, L.Davis, C.Edwards, Herseth Sandlin, Holden, Kratovil, Lipinski, Lynch, Marshall, Matheson, McIntyre, Melancon, Minnick, Mitchell, Nye, Ross, Shuler, Skelton, Space, Taylor
So Jason Altmire, Marion Berry, Mike McMahon, Collin Peterson, John Tanner, Larry Kissell and Harry Teague voted for the rule. All seven of these members vowed in public statements to vote against the bill. Many of them probably will. But they voted for the rule. By contrast, Harry Mitchell, who said he was Yes on the bill, voted No on the rule.
Just something to consider as we move forward.